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first_imgThe International Brotherhood of Teamsters, one of the largest labour unions in the US, representing 1.4 million people, has announced a plan with Yucaipa Companies and Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) to purchase Interstate Bakeries, helping to save more than 9,500 jobs at the bankrupt firm.In a statement, the Union announced that the partnership brought together the financing of Yucaipa and its expertise in working with unionised companies, the baking experience of Bimbo Bakeries, and the Teamsters Union as the key component of the distribution system.”A key ingredient of our plan will be a commitment from Yucaipa Companies, and Bimbo Bakeries to value the sacrifices of our members and position the company for long-term growth,” said Jim Hoffa, Teamsters general president.Founded in the 1940s, Texas-based Bimbo Bakeries USA produces and distributes bread, cakes and cookies. One of the largest bakery companies in the world, it also said last week it was considering raising bread prices in the last quarter of the year to offset the soaring cost of wheat. It already raised prices by about 3% in August but said its cost of production was rising as wheat prices touched record levels.Yucaipa Companies is an investment management firm that has a reputation for growing and developing businesses, working to preserve union jobs. Earlier this year, the Teamsters endorsed a Yucaipa plan to finance another Teamster employer, Allied Holdings, a distribution and logistics service, which was also experiencing financial difficulties.last_img read more

Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Releases SBDs From Phish-Laced RRX Headlining Debut With Oteil Burbridge

first_imgToday, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead continued their “Taper Tuesday” tradition, releasing the soundboard from the group’s inaugural headlining performance at the iconic outdoor Colorado venue, Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Almost Dead’s Red Rocks show last summer on August 31st was a long time coming, as the group’s headlining Red Rocks debut was previously scheduled for the tail-end of April with Medeski, Martin, & Wood but had to be moved indoors to Broomfield, Colorado’s 1st Bank Center due to weather.Now For Something Completely Different: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Spectacular Arena Debut [Full Audio]After checking calendars, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead secured a new performance time at the end of the summer—August 31st, which happened to fall a day before Phish’s annual three-day mecca to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park to close out their summer tour. Unfortunately, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s bassist Dave Dreiwitz was unable to make the new performance time, as he was on tour with Ween, forcing Dead & Company and Allman Brothers Band bassist Oteil Burbridge to tag in.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Makes A Grand, Phish-Laced Red Rocks Debut With Oteil Burbridge [Video/Photo]Fans were frenzied to make it out to Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s Red Rocks performance, selling out the 9,500-person venue without support. In honor of the Phish festivities the following days and recognizing that many phans extended their Colorado trips to make it out to their show, the band worked in an extensive “Harry Hood” jam (marking the first time the group had played the number) as well as teases of “Bathtub Gin” and “Stash” (rumors also circulated throughout the day that Trey Anastasio had soundchecked with the group and was slated to sit in). The show featured the group’s debut of “There Is A Mountain”, a Donovan tune that inspired the Allman Brothers Band’s now-iconic “Mountain Jam”.Joe Russo’s Almost Dead Announce 2018 Red Rocks ShowWhile these covers stood out because they were new to the Almost Dead catalog, the show came to a peak during the set two’s closing rendition of “Morning Dew”. With Tom Hamilton on vocals, during the number, you could hear a pin drop in the crowd, and it was truly a powerful and heartwrenching moment. Make sure to do yourself a favor and take a listen for yourself below, courtesy of Eric McRoberts.Setlist: Joe Russo’s Almost Dead | Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO | 8/31/2017Set One: Jam -> Here Comes Sunshine @ > Ruben & Cherise -> Jam -> Mama Tried, New Speedway Boogie # -> Music Never Stopped Reprise -> New Speedway Jam -> Music Never Stopped Jam -> Dancing In The Streets $ -> New Speedway Reprise % -> Box Of Rain ^ (OB), He’s Gone & -> Truckin’ -> Born Cross Eyed JamSet Two: Jack Straw > Feel Like A Stranger * -> Harry Hood Jam + -> China Cat Sunflower -> The Eleven -> The Wheel @@ ->  There Is A Mountain ## > I Know You Rider, Greatest Story Ever Told $$, Morning DewEncore: We Bid You Goodnight %%@ – With a “Sex Machine” (James Brown) Tease (MB), a “La Di Da Di” (Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick) Tease (MB)# – Unfinished$ – With Music Never Stopped Teases (TH), an unknown Tease (MB), New Speedway Teases & lyrics, a “Memphis Soul Stew” (King Curtis) Tease (OB), “Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (Michael Jackson) Teases (SM & MB).% – First split New Speedway^ – With an Uncle John’s Band Tease (Band)& – With Truckin & Tennessee Jed Teases (TH) & a “Humdinger” (WOLF) tease (SM) – I think* – Unfinished+ – Instrumental, incomplete version of a Phish Cover (No lyrics were sung), First Time Played By Almost [email protected]@ – First verse sung in 11, with an “In With the In Crowd” (Ramsey Lewis) Jam, a “Bathtub Gin” (Phish) Tease (MB)## – Donovan Cover, Instrumental with 2 choruses only sung, First Time Played By Almost Dead. Basis for the Allman Bros “Mountain Jam” but closer to the original Donovan version.$$ – With a “Night in Tunisia” (Dizzy Gillespie) Jam, an Estimated Prophet Tease (TH) & a “Stash” (Phish) Tease (SM)%% – A cappella at their positions with vocal mics, not at the front of the stage[Photo: Bill McAlaine]last_img read more

Asian Allure aims to debunk conceptions about culture

first_imgThe Asian American Association of Notre Dame will host Asian Allure, its annual showcase celebrating Asian culture and heritage, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Washington Hall. This year’s show includes traditional songs, dances and a fashion show.“Asian Allure is a multicultural performance where we gather and unite all of the Asian cultural clubs together to perform different acts — whether it’s a dance or a song — that highlight unique elements about their culture,” senior and president of the Asian American Association Sid Magdaong said. Observer File Photo Students perform a dance for Asian Allure in 2014. This year’s program aims to address misconceptions about Asian culture.While there are several, more specific cultural clubs, the Asian American Association (AAA) is a conglomerate of all of these clubs. Senior Alyssa Ngo, director of the show, said Asian Allure is an opportunity for the cultural clubs to come together and celebrate Asian culture in general.“There’s a number of different clubs [within the Asian American Association],” Ngo said. “Most of the clubs, since they’re more specific to their student demographic, they do most of their own events. … A lot of the events that [the Asian American Association] usually puts on are mostly social events or events for us like a movie watch or food or things like that. So there’s not that many events that the clubs put on for not just us. … In terms of events that we put on that wider campus audience and other people can come see what AAA is about — this is it.”This year’s theme is “Behind the Curtain,” which seeks to dispel common misconceptions about Asian culture, Ngo said.“Behind the Curtain is a play on the show theme — we’re all on stage behind the curtain,” she said. “The reason why Asian Allure is called ‘Asian Allure’ is because we recognize that to a Western audience the Asian continent is kind of mysterious — it’s mystery, it’s exotic, it’s foreign — this is allure. I wanted to express the show is this demystification of Asian culture, to kind of pull back the curtain and say, ‘This is what we’re really about and here are some things that you didn’t know about Asian culture, here are some things that maybe you thought you knew but you actually didn’t.’”Ngo said Asian Allure provides members with the opportunity to share their culture with their non-Asian friends.“A lot of people really look forward to it every year,” she said. “It’s meant a lot to a lot of people as the thing to invite other friends who are outside of the [Asian] community to say, ‘This is what I do, these are my people, this is my culture.’”For many members of the Asian American Association, sharing Asian culture with the campus through Asian Allure is one of the best parts of their year, Magdaong said.“Asian Allure is one of my favorite events that our organization puts on every year,” he said. “It’s really amazing to see all these different clubs gather for two nights this week where they can just showcase these parts of their culture that are very important to them and letting the audience and the broader Notre Dame community know more about that. I just think that’s fantastic.”Tags: Asian Allure, Asian American, Asian American Association, Asian Heritage, Behind the Curtainlast_img read more

There’s always next season with fantasty football

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I am the proud owner of a fantasy football team.We are dreadful. My quarterbacks own half a good arm between them. My receivers are more fragile than farm fresh eggs. My defense only seems to get in the way of my good mood.And I’m fine with that.It is fantasy football. It is nothing more than an excuse to trade passive aggressive emails with my fellow neighborhood ne’er do wells.Some folks, I understand, take the whole “fantasy” thing quite seriously. Books are purchased. Websites are scanned. Decisions are made in the wee hours of the morning.And I’m fine with that. People need hobbies – outlets that take them away from the daily grind and worldly stresses.But at the end of the day, each of us has our own little fantasy team that we direct. I’m not talking about our careers. I’m talking about our lives. continue reading »last_img read more

Integra boosts IMCA program with awards for Hobby Stocks

first_imgCOOPERSVILLE, Mich. – Hobby Stock awards are the latest addition to Integra Racing Shocks’ contingency award program with IMCA.Top eligible drivers in both Hobby Stock regions receive product certificates valued at $350, $250 and $150 in 2015.The Coopersville, Mich., manufacturer and sixth-year sponsor gives certificates in the same increments in each of the five IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regions and both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions, and based on national Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod standings.Integra has also renewed a one-of-a-kind program that bases awards on combined national Late Model and Deery Brothers Summer Series points.Drivers with the top two point totals each receive $350 product certificates; third and fourth place finishers each get $250 and fifth and sixth place drivers receive $150 certificates.Total value of the Integra awards package is nearly $10,000. Certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November or mailed beginning the fol­lowing week from the home office.Drivers in all six divisions must compete with four Integra shocks and springs, display two Integra decals on their race car and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1.Information about Integra’s extensive high performance product line is available by calling 800 472-2464, at the www.integrashocksandsprings.com website and on Facebook.“Adding Hobby Stocks and adjusting our Southern SportMod awards program falls in line with the availability of Intregra shocks and springs for those divisions,” observed IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “Integra shocks helped propel our Hobby Stock national champion to the podium last year and we’ll see if they can repeat the feat in 2015.”last_img read more